The Postal Service made a special delivery in Brooklyn this past weekend, with a two-night stand at the 18,000-capacity Barclays Center. The current tour, which continues this summer throughout the U.S., is the first since their original go-round in support of their 2003 album Give Up. In the ten years since its release, the album has become an indie-pop classic, an almost inescapable soundtrack of the early 2000s.
"The reason we are still here is because this record still means something to you," singer Ben Gibbard gratefully remarked to the audience on Friday. Gibbard, who of course also helms another seminal '00s band, Death Cab for Cutie, introduced his bandmates onstage by their "day jobs" in other bands (Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, Jenny Lewis of Jenny & Johnny/Rilo Kiley and Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds), underlining the fact that the Postal Service, despite the scope of their success, was always more of a side-project for its members. Amid a pixel-y set as bright and pulsating as their sound, rock's most unassuming supergroup smoothly demonstrated their chops, Gibbard and Lewis (who sported a Nets cap for the home team) swapping turns on a drum kit, guitars and vocals. Detouring little from the songs' original versions, the quartet delivered a set as neat and compact as the album itself. Check out pics below.